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ARB Newsclips for May 2, 2014. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION Supreme Court Rules 6-2 On EPA Air Pollution Reductions Across State Lines. This week, President Obama’s environmental agenda gained a victory. The Supreme Court revived a 2011 Environmental Protection Agency regulation, known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, limiting power-plant emissions blowing across state lines. The ruling will now require 28 states to reduce power-plant emissions, which hurt the air-quality in states located downwind. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/brighammccown/2014/05/02/supreme-court-rules-6-2-on-epa-air-pollution-reductions-across-state-lines/ California Fines Ford $3 Million Over Defective Pollution Control Equipment. Ford is being fined $2.96 million because the pollution control system on 2011-12 Fiestas sold in California are not working properly, the state’s Air Resources Board said late Wednesday. “It is one of our larger fines,” Stanley Young, a spokesman for the agency, said in an interview. The board enforces California’s particularly strict air pollution standards. The problem affects almost 16,500 vehicles, he said. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/02/automobiles/california-fines-ford-3-million-over-defective-pollution-control-equipment.html Other related articles: http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-ford-fined-for-faulty-fiestas-20140501,0,5572819.story#axzz30ZwhaKlq FIRE SEASON: Hot day? High wind? Watch out! The temperatures are hot and the winds are fast — the perfect conditions for people to accidentally cause fires. The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning Tuesday, April 29, to warn Inland Southern California residents that the high winds and low humidity are creating dangerous fire weather. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20140429-fire-season-hot-day-high-wind-watch-out.ece Summer 'Spare the Air' season begins in the Bay Area. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced the start of the 2014 summer Spare the Air season. The program encourages Bay Area residents to reduce air pollution every day by carpooling, taking transit, driving less, walking and biking. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25682510/Summer-Spare-the-Air-season-begins http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_25682509/summer-apos-spare-air-apos-season-begins-bay http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_25682510/Summer-Spare-the-Air-season-begins Air Quality Index aids those with breathing issues. Weather plays a big role in the air we breathe every day. The Air Quality Index measures five different pollutants including ground level ozone and particulate matter, both of which pose the greatest threat to human health. Both of these also tend to rise during the upcoming summer months. Posted. http://www.10news.com/news/air-quality-index-aids-those-with-breathing-issues-05022014 Sonoma County air quality gets high grades. Sonoma County got straight-A's on the American Lung Association's latest air quality report card, a rating it owes in large part to cool, breezy weather, officials said. Vehicle exhaust emissions in Sonoma County, for example, are typically blown to the east and converted to hazardous ozone under a hot sun in Livermore, they said. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140501/articles/140509933 CLIMATE CHANGE Court ruling provides EPA with legal backing to fight climate change. The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Thursday, May 1: The Supreme Court decision handing the Environmental Protection Agency an important clean air victory Tuesday was refreshing in every sense of the word. The court's 6-2 ruling upheld the EPA's authority to limit power-plant emissions that blow across state lines. It's a crucial step forward for President Barack Obama's effort to improve the air quality of states downwind from polluting coal-fired plants. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/02/3320585/court-ruling-provides-epa-with.html http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/02/6372834/court-ruling-provides-epa-with.html Carmakers' Greenhouse Gas Reductions Greater Than Required for 2012, EPA Says. Light-duty vehicle manufacturers achieved more greenhouse gas emissions reductions in model year 2012 vehicles than was required by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an annual EPA report. On average, 2012 vehicles emitted 10 grams less carbon dioxide per mile than the EPA's emissions standard requires, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe told reporters April 25. Posted. http://www.bna.com/carmakers-greenhouse-gas-n17179890126/ FUELS Switch from gasoline to ethanol linked to higher ozone levels. Scientists have made a surprising discovery about ethanol: The more it was used by drivers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the more ozone they measured in the local environment. The finding, reported this week in Nature Geoscience, is contrary to other studies predicting that increased use of ethanol would cut levels of ground-level ozone, or smog. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-ethanol-ozone-levels-brazil-20140501,0,5517616.story Toyota to provide financial assistance to FirstElement for construction of H2 refueling network in California. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) and its affiliate Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) have entered into a group of financial agreements with FirstElement Fuel Inc. (FE) to support the long-term operation and maintenance expenses of new hydrogen refueling stations in California. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/05/20140502-tmsh2.html VEHICLES 2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: High performance but with a conscience. Attention eco-chic speed freaks: Set aside your Teslas, you have a new toy to covet. The 2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and the all-electric i3 are the first offerings from the automaker's new i subbrand. Equal parts sex appeal and efficiency, the cars combine electrification with lightweight construction and eye-catching designs. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-autos-bmw-i8-review-20140502,0,2028203.story#axzz30ZwhaKlq GREEN ENERGY High tech sail could one-day power ferry boats. San Francisco Bay is being used to test a one-of-a-kind wind sail that could end up powering ferry boats. The objective is to reduce fuel use and air pollution. The 40-foot sail is made of carbon fiber making it light. The design is sleek to help propel any vessel. One day it could be used on a ferry boat carrying hundreds of commuters. The boats would use both wind and diesel. Posted. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=9524343 MISCELLANEOUS Family Farmers Hold Keys to Agriculture in a Warming World. The challenge is huge but the solution may be small—very small. Faced with global warming and a population that will swell to nine billion by 2050, a growing number of experts say that the way to feed the masses as climate change makes growing our food more difficult is to focus on family farmers, who often can barely feed themselves. Posted. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140502-climate-change-agriculture-family-farm-science/ OPINIONS Our View: Central Valley has the greatest need for using “cap and trade” billions. There’s no shortage of ideas on how to spend California’s anticipated “cap and trade” billions. But two recent reports lay out a compelling case for where a serious dose of that money, from the state’s program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, needs to go. Posted. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/05/01/3628298/our-view-central-valley-has-the.html?sp=/99/177/ http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/01/6368570/editorial-central-valleys-dire.html#storylink=cpy California’s Business ‘Leakage’ Becoming a Deluge. The list of businesses leaving California for greener pastures is long and growing. And now we can add Toyota to it. The word ‘leakage’ is the new politically correct term used by legislators, the Governor, bureaucrats and the California Air Resources Board, to describe what happens when California businesses leave the state because of tax increases and stupendous regulations… Posted. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2014/05/californias-business-leakage-becoming-deluge/ Why is California 'worst'? Los Angeles frequently had "Stage 3" smog alerts when I was a kid, meaning that we weren't supposed to play outside. Fortunately, those days are over. Air quality in California, including Los Angeles, has vastly improved from decades ago. But compared to other states and to the Federal Clean Air Act health standards, California is way behind on cleaning up its air pollution. Posted. http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/02/opinion/pettit-california-pollution/ Viewpoints: Drought shadows the start of California’s salmon season. Today, California’s commercial salmon season begins off our coast. From Santa Barbara to Fisherman’s Wharf and beyond, commercial fishermen will soon be delivering one of nature’s most healthy and delicious foods – California wild king salmon. The king salmon caught off our coast are the best anywhere in the world, and markets all over the U.S. and beyond will bid for these fish. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/01/6368316/viewpoints-drought-shadows-the.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS How the green energy sector can help Wall Street do the right thing. Wall Street. Asset-backed securities. Too big to fail. Memories of the mortgage market meltdown still haunt Main Street and Wall Street. But in spite of all the naysayers, the green business sector is growing up and may be just what Wall Street needs to help be a positive force in growing the nation’s economy. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/05/02/how-the-green-energy-sector-can-help-wall-street-do-the-right-thing/ Fracking disclosure dispute doesn't clear the air about oil and gas production. Anti-fracking activists are complaining that disclosure requirements about well stimulation are failing, but regulators overseeing oil and gas production in California say those opponents to fracking are overreacting. The dispute points up the ongoing problems around what the public knows about oil and gas production in California. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2014/05/01/16515/fracking-disclosure-dispute-doesn-t-clear-the-air/ How To Convince Conservative Christians That Global Warming Is Real. Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, has had quite the run lately. A few weeks back, she was featured in the first episode of the Showtime series The Years of Living Dangerously, meeting with actor Don Cheadle in her home state of Texas to explain to him why faith and a warming planet aren't in conflict. Posted. http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/05/inquiring-minds-katharine-hayhoe-faith-climate Toyota R&D shows off free piston engine linear generator for future EVs. We often hear how an electric vehicle powertrain architecture allows vehicle designers much more freedom than a traditional ICE powertrain does. With differently shaped battery modules and small electric motors, there are lots of way to put the pieces together. With today's plug-in hybrid technology, engineers still need to put a decent-sized ICE somewhere, but new technology from Toyota could free up the gas-electric vehicle designers of the future. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/05/01/toyota-randd-shows-off-free-piston-engine-linear-generator-for-fut/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.